The Oxygen release train has introduced new approaches to more efficiently support editing of textual languages in the Eclipse IDE: a Generic and Extensible Text Editor was introduced in Platform to minimize boilerplate, Language Server Protocol for Eclipse (LSP4E) which allows to quickly hook into the IDE the power of Language Servers and TextMate for Eclipse (TM4E) allows to as easily delegate the syntax highlighting in the IDE to a TextMate grammar.
In this talk we discuss your experiences replacing existing tooling with a language server based implementation and the challenges that we faced along the way.
This talk summarizes our experiences from building language servers and integrating and using them across Eclipse, VS Code, and Atom. We talk about the good parts, e.g.:
- building lightweight tooling
- the freedom of starting fresh
- building the tooling once and reusing it across various environments
- isolated testing
The bad parts, e.g.:
- no communication among language servers
- do the work twice or more, ship libraries twice or more
And the really ugly parts, e.g.: